Jarrod Allen Mangles
The family of murdered Arrowtown woman Maureen McKinnel were surprised by a sudden guilty plea yesterday, but were already confident Jarrod Allen Mangels would be convicted.
Mangels was 15 when he strangled his neighbour and family friend, 38-year-old Ms McKinnel, on Boxing Day in 1987.
He dumped her naked body over the Arrow River Junction Bridge, where it was discovered five days later.
The murder shocked the small South Island community and the case became one of New Zealand's great unsolved murders until Mangels was arrested and charged last year.
The 31-year-old last week pleaded not guilty at the start of the trial in the High Court at Invercargill. But yesterday morning, after lengthy conferring between lawyers in the judge's chambers, the charge was put to Mangels again.
He cleared his throat before answering "guilty".
Jarrod Allen Mangels
Date of Birth
1972 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Maureen Ann McKinnel
Sentenced to life imprisonment (10 years) in April 2004
Parole declined March 2013
Next hearing March 2015 after it has been postponed for two years
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